Natural springs dry up video

Conway Flat beef farmer Tim Wilding on top of the hill at his North Canterbury farm.

10 min ago  Micro-climate in North Canterbury is balmy enough for macadamias but farming couple haven't seen dry conditions like this since the late 1980s.

Drilling drives out rural couple

Cows grazing near one of the well sites next to the Morrison's Taranaki farm

Farming couple warning others not to fall into the same trap they did when an oil company came knocking.

Fonterra eyes longer-term deals

Fonterra is looking at a less "clunky" system of sharing out its guaranteed milk price contracts.

Fonterra sees third party market options as it explores offering longer guaranteed milk price contracts.

Is it worth the risk?

Jon Morgan

OPINION: You can argue that it's not your head that will get hurt – it didn't the last time you came off – but it might.

Killing time in Iceland jobs

Invercargill slaughtermen Jed Brown and Jared Ta Maiharoa are heading to Iceland to work.

Kiwis talk about their experiences of working in meat processing plants in Iceland and why they are heading back again this year.

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opinion

No helmet - is it worth the risk?

Jon Morgan

OPINION: You can argue that it's not your head that will get hurt – it didn't the last time you came off – but it might. Is it worth the risk? It's up to you.

Lessons from many mentors

My first boss was my mother and she was a quiet achiever who pulled me into getting things done rather than pushing me.

Internet in the land of the long trenches

Trapped in a cage

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

'Fantastic' for fencing tool inventor

The Fieldays was a “fantastic” success for fencing tool inventor Patrick Roskam, his mum Angela Roskam says.

Matt Jones of Levin competes in the Golden Pliers.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

dairy

Dairy farmers accused of milking during ban

Dairy farmer Philip Woolley is defending charges his cows were milked in breach of an enforcement order.

The trial has begun of Marlborough's biggest dairy farmers who are accused of milking 1000 cattle during a court-ordered milking ban.

Southland dairying couple battle tough times

Sonita Chandar reports on an award-winning Southland couple who battled through a tough season

Landcorp business manager Brian Wilkinson and Ruapehu farm manager Glenn Weitenberg at the Moutoa dairy farm.

Poor performing farm turned around

A poor performing dairy farm near Foxton is now one best in New Zealand.

advice

A balanced budget

Many owner operators in dairying could be facing a loss of 35 cents to $1.35 cents a kilogram of milk solids for the year ending May 2016, says Pita Alexander.

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Being prepared provides protection

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

John Brosnan recommends farmers adopt a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs on their farm.

Zero tolerance against drugs

A zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs touted as a farm owner's best defence against this growing problem.

aquaculture

Aquaculture growth an ongoing battle

Graeme Coates

Latest aquaculture expansion in Tasman Bays is the latest step along a road stretching back more than three decades.

MPs visit mussel spat hatchery

A team of Labour MPs finished a day in Nelson with a visit to the SPATnz mussel hatchery at the Glen, north of Nelson.

A kayak fisher tries his luck at a Golden Bay mussel farm.

Marine farm decision challenged

Legal challenge means delays are likely before new marine farms go ahead in Tasman and Golden Bays.

beef

Heat is on as natural springs dry up video

Conway Flat beef farmer Tim Wilding on top of the hill at his North Canterbury farm.

10 min ago  Micro-climate in North Canterbury is balmy enough for macadamias but farming couple haven't seen dry conditions like this since the late 1980s.

Drought still major concern in Marlborough

The effects of the lengthy drought and continuing feed supply and grass growth issues continue to concern farmers.

Canterbury buyers came out in all conditions to eye up the talent in a good bull selling season.

Strong bull buying on good market

Drought failed to deter bull buyers from investing in their breeding programmes during Canterbury's bull sale season.

Sheep

Meatworkers killing time in Iceland jobs

Invercargill slaughtermen Jed Brown and Jared Ta Maiharoa are heading to Iceland to work.

Kiwi slaughtermen talk about their experiences of working in meat processing plants in Iceland and why they are heading back again this year.

Balmoral Station: staying sustainable and intergenerational

Mackenzie Country merino grower Andrew Simpson is convinced he needs to think outside the square if his farm is to remain sustainable and intergenerational.

The fibre of merino sheep crossed with strong wool bloodlines is being made into a new carpet range.

Merino farmers enter carpet market

Merino farmers have joined the carpet trade after supplying merino crossbred wool in a $3 million contract with manufacturer Godfrey Hirst Carpets.

cropping

Crop yields hold up on shrinking land

Warren Darling credits favourable weather, growing management changes and a great team behind him for breaking the world record for the highest yielding barley crop.

Cropping farmers are managing to maintain much the same grain yields as five years ago on a shrinking land base.

Vege planting postponed again

Vegetable growers in Kapiti and Horowhenua have been hit by wet weather for the second year in a row.

Mike Porter, the new Federated Farmers grain and seed chairman for South Canterbury.

New grain, seed chairman wants to do his bit

Lyalldale mixed cropping farmer Mike Porter claims he's "mildly obsessive compulsive."

agribusiness

Driven out by oil drilling 'nightmare'

Cows grazing near one of the well sites next to the Morrison's Taranaki farm

A Taranaki farming couple are warning others not to fall into the same trap they did when an oil company came knocking.

A hedge with an edge

A giant sterile hybrid grass could be the answer to a lot of problems on farms.

Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce believes gay marriage could affect his country's trade with Asia.

No trade-off in marriage equality

NZ trade with Asia has increased since same-sex marriage was legalised, rubbishing Aussie minister's claim.

Discovery

The fly with a taste for thistles

The gall fly deposits its eggs on the scotch thistle's buds and flowers.

Gordon Levet writes on efforts to knock back scotch thistles by using a fly that has taste for thistle seed.

How many worms in your soil?

AgResearch scientists seek help to gain a better understanding of one of the little known heroes of NZ agricultural production.

Terry Hawes, left, and his son, Craig, Hawes demonstrate the before and after filtration from dairy farm effluent through their Forsi recycling system.

Recycling set to revolutionise dairy farming

A recycling system which turns cow poo into clean water could be about to revolutionise NZ's dairy industry.

rural women

The strong woman behind the man

Wendy Avery.

Meet the woman who supports the man who is the face of the fight against farmer depression.

Are you a mumtrepreneur?

If there's one thing Bridgit Hawkins knows well, it's the challenge of juggling motherhood and self-employment.

Young inventor Ayla Hutchinson with mentor Bernice Mene at the Mystery Creek Fieldays Kindling Cracker stand.

Firm friendship: The sports star and the girl inventor

It's easy to see young inventer Ayla Hutchinson and her mentor, Bernice Mene are mates - even though they clearly have pretty different backgrounds.

Video

Heat is on as natural springs dry up

Micro-climate in North Canterbury is balmy enough for macadamias but farming couple haven't seen dry conditions like this since the late 1980s.

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